Exquisite Beast

I’ve been following an ongoing art project on tumblr called The Exquisite Beast. The premise is two artists alternate drawing the successive stages in the evolution of an imaginary creature. The thing is more art than biology; it jumped the shark for me what the Beast went from two limbs to six limbs to no limbs back to six limbs. But if you don’t take it so seriously they do play on some interesting anatomical motifs. This by now quite ancient lineage has lived on land, flown through the air, floated through the air, lived underwater, lived underground, and glided through the trees. The concept has also prompted other tumblr users to create similar projects.

[This is not to be confused with “An Exquisite Beast,” a different internet art project.]